Your people are with you because they love your culture. There’s something about the way you run your business that fits them. They like each other, and they like your customers. Every leader who's ever run a successful team knows how important those intangibles are. Your culture feeds your success.
In Season 2, Episode 3 of Game of Thrones, What Is Dead May Never Die, Lord Varys says to everyone’s favorite character, the dwarf Tyrion Lannister,
“Power resides where men believe it resides. It’s a trick, a shadow on the wall, and a very small man can cast a very large shadow.”
When he says “a very small man,” Varys is playing with Tyrion’s height, because his real point is that “any man” can cast a very large shadow - if he knows the “trick.”
I go hunting at a duck club about an hour east of our San Francisco office, and last season when I aimed and shot at a Mallard, I had an inspiration. I realized why people have a hard time understanding business leaders – even if they really want to.